Boots on the ground for NEON Member Institution Representatives

NEON Member Institution representatives learned about NEON data collection first-hand this week during a visit the Central Plains Experimental Range (CPER), the Domain 10 core site. This site tour was part of the 2014 NEON Membership Meeting, held October 21-22 in Boulder, CO at NEON Headquarters. A group of 20 participants toured the CPER site …

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Interns Summer in Review, Part 4: So, what do YOU do?

An Explanation of NEON’s Airborne Observation Platform and Cyber Infrastructure through New Eyes After spending time together in NEON’s summer internship program, Ariel Kaluzhny (a computer science student) and Maddy Ball (an environmental science major) learned a lot about their NEON projects, explored a good bit of Colorado and became great friends. But, coming from …

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Interns Summer in Review, Part 3: What’s an Imaging Science student doing at NEON?

NEON is quite the unexpected place for an Imaging Science student to do an internship. NEON is all about Ecology, so where am I supposed to fit in here? My internship is in FIU, which is the Fundamental Instrumentation Unit. FIU is a science department whose purpose is to facilitate the instrument-based collection of abiotic …

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Interns Summer in Review, Part 2: Sharing Across Cultures

I am Stephanie Cortes, a summer intern in NEON’s terrestrial instrument group (also known as the Fundamental Instrumentation Unit, or FIU). FIU is a science department whose purpose is to facilitate instrument-based collection of abiotic terrestrial, atmospheric, and soil data in a standardized way across all of the NEON terrestrial sites. I worked on building …

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Interns Summer in Review, Part 1: From the University to the Field

During the 2013 spring semester, I registered for the Surveying for Engineers class at my college. The class was not required for my Environmental Science major, which caused my advisor to question why I would want to take it. I told him that thirteen years earlier, on a summer walk with my mom, I saw …

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NEON presents its first higher education video

NEON is excited to present its first video in a series of multimedia resources. The Story of LiDAR Data provides a general overview of LiDAR data and highlights how LiDAR data is used to measure structural characteristics of trees. Education is an important part of the NEON project design. NEON’s higher education program provides a …

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Celebrating PODs packed full of sensor equipment

NEON staff celebrate a major accomplishment as four PODs full of sensor equipment ship off to Blandy (D2), Disney (D3), Jones (D3) and Jornada (D14) this week, which marks the beginning of phase three sensor installation for those sites.  Once phase three installation is completed, sensor installation will be completed for those sites.  Although the …

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Summer Internship Program Kicks Off

NEON is pleased to welcome its second cohort of summer interns! This year, seven interns join NEON mentor teams to analyze preliminary AOP, aquatic, and terrestrial data, code algorithms to automate image and data processing, and explore citizen science data for early trends. It promises to be an exciting summer. Their first week was packed …

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Spring Training in Florida

I recently returned from a week of training in Florida. No, not for baseball, but for Big Data. More specifically, how to collect samples for NEON’s Terrestrial Observation System. You know…insects, plants, soils, microbes, mammals, and pathogens. With a push of a button, you’ll be able to access data about all of these things: their …

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NEON Hosts First Annual Bring Your Child to Work Day

Our staff hosted the first annual Bring Your Child to Work Day last month at NEON. The day-long event welcomed children of NEON employees to spend the day at headquarters in Boulder. With the slogan, “A Greener Future S.T.E.M.s from you,” our goal was to inspire kids to pursue an education in math, science, and …

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